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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keepers, Sleepers, and Jeepers: Week 13

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

With the fantasy playoffs set to kick off for some leagues this week, owners will want to add a player or two to their rosters either for an upgrade or for depth. Seeing how we are in week 13 already, there won't be much too choose from but every week the waiver wire can provide fantasy owners with just enough to tweak their rosters. Good luck to all those fantasy owners starting their playoffs this week and if you need a few pickups before the Thanksgiving games kick off, continue reading. Keepers, Sleepers and Jeepers is here to help you win a championship.

Keepers

Josh McCown- Quarterback- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- While McCown may not be the fantasy stud this season that he was last season, fantasy owners in need of a quarterback could do worse than Josh McCown. He's averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game and seems to have great chemistry with rookie wide out Mike Evans. He's scored over 20 fantasy points in all but two games that he's played in. McCown can move the offense and that alone is worth a look if your roster can use depth at the quarterback position.

Dan Herron- Running Back- Indianapolis Colts- It appears that Trent Richardson is still the starter moving forward (for this week anyway) but Dan Herron got the start in week 12 and did not disappoint. He finished week 12 with just under 10 fantasy points and rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries as well as added another 31 yards through the air on five receptions. Herron will replace Bradshaw in the Colts pass heavy offense and that means a lot of targets will be coming his way. Even if T-Rich is the starter moving forward, there's no reason to shy away from Dan Herron. He will be a late season savior for fantasy owners in 2014.

LeGarrette Blount- Running Back- New England Patriots- With the weather getting nastier, the Patriots are smart enough to know they will need some semblance of a power run game. That's were Blount comes in. While Jonas Gray did everything right in week 11 by rushing for over 200 yards and four scores, Blount knows the offense well and Belichick could lean more towards a veteran come playoff time. As always, it's impossible to predict which Patriots running back will carry the load from week to week but for now, it looks like Blount is the man in New England. His week 12 line reads 78 yards and two touchdowns while scoring almost 20 fantasy points in the process.

Sleepers

Robert Woods- Wide Receiver- Buffalo Bills- A lot of fantasy owners have been waiting for Woods to break out this year and it just hasn't happened until week 12 versus the Jets. In the blowout win on Monday night, Woods caught nine passes for 118 yards and a score. It was only his third double digit fantasy points game this season and his performance may have had to do more with the Jets almost non existent pass defense and less to do with him. Either way, fantasy owners in need of receiver help or depth may want to keep an eye on Robert Woods.

Charles Johnson- Wide Receiver- Minnesota Vikings- The last two weeks Charles Johnson has been coming on strong. Week 11, Johnson had seven targets and week 12 he had 11 targets. It is a little concerning that of the 11 targets Johnson saw versus Green Bay, he only hauled in three but the production was there anyway. Johnson finished week 12 with over 11 fantasy points. With the number of targets increasing over the last two games, Johnson may be worth a pickup this late in the fantasy season.

Colt McCoy- Quarterback- Washington Redskins- With the news coming out before week 12 kicked off that Jay Gruden had the power to bench Robert Griffin III, combined with another poor performance from RG3 in week 12, it may be time for the Redskins to move on from the 2012 second overall pick. At least for this season. That would leave either Kurt Cousins or Colt McCoy to start under center. McCoy was the starter after Cousins was benched and before Robert Griffin III returned from his ankle injury. McCoy was completing over 85 percent of his passes and was averaging almost 17 fantasy points per game in the short amount of time he was playing. He may be worth a shot if your current quarterback isn't doing you any favors.

Tim Wright- Tight End- New England Patriots- Gronk took a backseat to Wright in week 12 while Wright had two touchdowns. He scored over 15 fantasy points in week 12 but fantasy owners shouldn't count on that type of production out of Wright moving forward. The Patriots are very game plan specific and with a healthy Gronk in the mix, it's hard to imagine Tim Wright being a deciding factor each week for fantasy owners.

Jeepers

Stedman Bailey- Wide Receiver- St. Louis Rams- Before the week 12 breakout game from Stedman Bailey, he was averaging just over three fantasy points per week and had a season high of three targets. Week 12 was more of a fluke game than anything. Stedman was targeted nine times and caught seven balls for 89 yards and a touchdown. He scored just under 15 fantasy points in week 12 and cannot be trusted to repeat that performance.

Ryan Fitzpatrick- Quarterback- Houston Texans- With Ryan Mallett out for the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the Texans will most likely turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick who in the first nine games of the season averaged 18 fantasy points per game. Completely desperate fantasy owners may have no choice but to take a shot on Fitzpatrick but other than that, he's better equipped to sit on your waiver wire.

Joseph Morgan- Wide Receiver- New Orleans Saints- In the two games Morgan saw action this season, he's seen four targets for one reception. Then comes week 12 and Morgan breaks out with 129 yards on just two touches. One of those touches was a 62 yard pass and the other was a 67 yard rush. With the Saints spreading the ball around each week, it will be extremely difficult for Joe Morgan to repeat his week 12 performance. He's not getting enough touches to warrant putting into a starting lienup.